A Perfectly Singular Day

A solo kayaker,
slices through
silent waters

A single flower
blooms bright
joyful beacon

A lonely vessel,
awaits a steward,
stillness remains.

(For Cee’s Black & White challenge: Isolated Objects)

Rocks in Black & White

The Canadian Shield,
where rugged pines stretch,
reach for endless skies,
taking root in rocky shores.

We set boulders in our gardens
to anchor us against untimely storms,
or perhaps to remind us of endurance
when everything else falls away.

Even the satisfying crunch of stones on our path
fascinates – the varied hues and forms, like art,
incite searches for undiscovered treasures –
a stone to become our own – nature’s grounding.

(Images from personal collection, submitted for Cee’s Black & White challenge: rocks, boulders and stones.)

As Water Flows

As water flows, my mind wanders –
relinquishes thoughts and worries

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As water flows, I surrender
to the blessing of life’s journey

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As water flows, I acknowledge
the fluidity of emotions, of change

As water flows, I experience
the continum of life’s cycles.

(Submitted for Cee’ Black & White Photo Challenge: flowing water.  Images are of the Little Falls near our home, a favourite spot to visit.)


Tables and Chairs (CB&WC)

Somewhere a chair waits for us –
seating for two, a cosy rendezvous

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New Mexico’s hospitality so charming –
scrumptuous southwest cooking too.

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In Utah, covered wagons and recreated campfires
offered a unique setting for potato and steak dinner
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Our adventures have taken us to many places,
but wherever we’re together, that’s the winner.

(For Cee’s Black and White Challenge: tables and chairs.)


Steps (CB&WC)

Rows of pumpkins line the upward climb,
and flowery sentinels mark a landing –
a well lit doorway adds additional charm
a happy home from where I’m standing.

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Not all places are subject to such tender care –
through time and neglect, their beauty offends
rickety stones, lead to murky waters, overgrowth
of bush and weeds, ensures not too many descents.

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My heart dreams of another place, where
concrete stairs at water’s edge invite play,
where tree-lined mountains, and glass-like
waters evoke the serenity of a Nanaimo day.

(Created for Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Steps )


Plastic cups are practical for outdoor summer sipping,
preferably, of course, with out arachnid dipping.

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Plastic chairs for lounging are best for surf, sun, and grass
except on the hottest of days, they just might burn your a**

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Plastic skulls lined up along the neighbour’s lawn, cast an eerie light,
thrill the trick and treaters, who love a scare on Hallowe’en night.

(Cee’s Black & White challenge is things made out of plastic)


CB&W: In Flight

In L.A. we watched in awe as two golden eagles soared above.


I envy birds their ability to fly – to take to wing as the impulse dictates, and soar.  This crow, one minute sitting dockside, decided to fly directly at me.  Never quite sure which is a crow and which a raven, these birds were very vocal on Vancouver Island, as if elders ruling the land.

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Closer to home, we’ve had several encounters with the Great Blue heron, a bird I never tire of watching.

Where would we go if we had wings, and how high would we fly?

(Submitted for Cee’s Black and White Challenge:  In flight.)

CB&WC: Circles

Must have been hungry when thinking of this prompt, because my mind went to bowls, brimming with vegetable curry – so yummy.

Or that marvellous Mediterranean gluten free pizza I had at the Mill Street Pub in Ottawa.

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Now, I’ve made you hungry, for which I apologize.  Maybe this circle of trees, taken at our campsite on Vancouver Island, will help distract you.

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Happy Weekend all!

(Cee’s Black & White challenge is circles and curves.)